So in that spirit I was delighted to lead a debate in Parliament on Scotland's contribution to the UK's Department For International Development (DFID).
For me and the majority of Scots, our beliefs and compassion do not just extend to the people of Scotland but go right across the globe.
The DFID demonstrates the best of Scotland and the best of Britain, as a force for good in the world, helping developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty, grow their economies and create a better life for their own citizens.
DFID is the perfect example of how we can maximise our positive impact, both at home and abroad, by pooling and sharing our resources, using the collective voice of the United Kingdom at the world's top tables, as a positive and powerful voice for change.
The combined budget of the Department of International Development this year is £10.7billion, more if you include other departmental spend - all delivering real change, lifting people out of poverty and intervening to save lives.
And Scotland isn't just part of the delivery - Scotland is at the heart of it.
The multi-billion pound DFID programme is administered from East Kilbride, employing more than 500 staff.
But just as with the debate on defence or civil service jobs in the HMRC, there would be no simple transfer of Scottish-based jobs or services to a Scottish Government.
During the debate, despite being asked three times, the SNP was unable to give assurances to DFID staff over their job security in an independent Scotland.
Given these jobs serve the whole DFID operation, it's inconceivable that the rest of the UK would continue to locate a third of its own staff in what would become a separate country.
Likewise the SNP has also failed to tell the Scottish people how much it would cost to set up a dedicated Scottish department for international development.
What will happen to Scottish Charities like Mercy Corps or GALVmed, which deliver DFID's aid and humanitarian programmes?
Would DFID continue to fund them, and if not, how much would Scottish Charities lose?
These are just some of the questions the International Development Committee hopes to find answers to in its inquiry into the "implications for development following possible Scottish independence".
These are important questions for the Scots working for DFID and Scottish Charities currently in receipt of DFID funding.
But most importantly of all, these are important questions for those of us who abhor poverty or the wasting of life chances wherever they occur, and who recognise that our responsibility is not just to those in need in our own towns and villages but to everyone in the global village.